Books

Fiction and non-fiction book reviews, including all books except craft books and some other very specialized books that fit well into other categories.

Shakespeare By Another Name, by Mark Kendall Anderson: Exploring Theories of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford

Shakespeare By Another Name, by Mark Kendall Anderson: Exploring Theories of Edward de Vere, Earl of OxfordTheories about William Shakespeare abound -- specifically, that he wasn't actually William Shakespeare. In this book, author Mark Kendall Anderson suggests that Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, is the true poet behind the timeless... Read More »

Ohiyesa, an Indian Boyhood by Charles Eastman: Life on the Native American Plains Before Reservations

Ohiyesa, an Indian Boyhood by Charles Eastman: Life on the Native American Plains Before ReservationsCharles Eastman started his life in the traditional world of what the white world knows as the Santee Sioux. Ohiyesa: An Indian Boyhood recounts the experiences of life on the Plains , offering an easy and enlightening... Read More »

Full-Color Treasury of Historic Ornament by Alexander Speltz: Excellent Source for Artisans, Crafters and Enthusiasts

Full-Color Treasury of Historic Ornament by Alexander Speltz: Excellent Source for Artisans, Crafters and EnthusiastsDraw inspiration from this Full-Color Treasury of Historic Ornament. Author Alexander Speltz draws artistic highlights from each era between Ancient Egypt and the Renaissance for an easy source book or visual guide that's perfect for crafters and... Read More »

Antonia Fraser Brings History’s Extraordinary Women to Life in Warrior Queens

Antonia Fraser Brings History’s Extraordinary Women to Life in Warrior QueensPopulated with the likes of Queen Elizabeth I of England, Indira Ghandi and Queen Louise of Prussia, Antonia Fraser's Warrior Queens describes some of the greatest female rulers in history. Love them or hate them, each of these ladies affected great change by strategically applying their unique powers as... Read More »

The Bastard of Istanbul, By Elif Shafak, Explores Turkish-Armenian Relationships and Cultural Taboos

The Bastard of Istanbul, By Elif Shafak, Explores Turkish-Armenian Relationships and Cultural TaboosElif Shafak is acclaimed as the most widely-read female Turkish author, and The Bastard of Istanbul is an excellent example of why. Her gift for storytelling shines in this complex tale of a Turkish family and its diverse generations of... Read More »

Tessa Bridal’s Tree of Red Stars Dives into the Tupamaros Liberation Movement in Uruguay

Tessa Bridal’s Tree of Red Stars Dives into the Tupamaros Liberation Movement in UruguayMagdalena is just a normal teenage schoolgirl in her home in Montevideo, Uruguay, until the waves of revolution finally reach her quiet world. As the Tupamaros clash with police in the streets, Magda has to learn to assess the "bad" and "good" for herself and decide which side she should be... Read More »

Abigail Adams Comes to Life in Phyllis Lee Levin’s Biography of this Early First Lady

Abigail Adams Comes to Life in Phyllis Lee Levin’s Biography of this Early First LadyAbigail Adams set herself apart from the women of her time with her intelligence, wit and depth of understanding on a vast range of subjects. Her political acumen and diplomacy played a massive role in inspiring and supporting both her husband, John Adams, and son John Quincy Adams in their tenures as President of the United... Read More »

Hot Naked Italian Men and Gay Sex in Anne Rice’s Cry to Heaven

Hot Naked Italian Men and Gay Sex in Anne Rice’s Cry to HeavenAntonio is the heir to one of the most powerful families in Italy until he is castrated against his will. With his exceptional singing voice, Tonio is accepted into the ranks of the castrati -- that is, the elite opera singers whose voices were indescribable. This world comes to life as Tonio struggles to find his new place in it as neither man nor... Read More »

Start Small-Scale Farming with Monte Burch’s Building Small Barns, Sheds & Shelters

Start Small-Scale Farming with Monte Burch’s Building Small Barns, Sheds & SheltersBuild small-scale farm buildings from a range of high-quality plans in Monte Burch's Building Small Barns, Sheds & Shelters. These plans are perfect for small-scale farms, hobby holdings or developing your home... Read More »

Mighty Machines: Airplanes by Mary Lindeen Tries to Put Your Early Reader’s Head in the Clouds

Mighty Machines: Airplanes by Mary Lindeen Tries to Put Your Early Reader’s Head in the CloudsMighty Machines: Airplanes (Blastoff! Reader) by Mary Lindeen covers the basics of airplanes, including a glossary and text that are geared toward very early readers. It leaves much to be desired, and has lackluster photos that just don't hold... Read More »

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